The Next Poseidon? #QBBattle
the Next Poseidon? Who will be the new leader of the Wave?
By: Jay Carroll, Waverunner Correspondent
We have seen Dylan Mulhearn make magic happen for Blue Wave football over the last few seasons, but unfortunately, he has played his last game for P.K. Yonge. It is time to pass the trident and fortunately, if you are a Blue Wave fan, there are two, young gunslingers to be very excited about.
Both electric playmakers Dillon Brown and Jacari Byrd have been battling it out all spring to see who’s next in line in this school’s rich history at the most honored position in sports: Quarterback.
Sophomore Dillon Brown and freshman Jacari Byrd may be young, but both have been turning heads every day at practice.
Dillon Brown (left) and Jacari Byrd are aiming to lead the Wave to wins in the fall.
“Both Jacari and Dillon are making good progress. You know, they are both starting to throw the ball pretty well, they got a grasp on the basic offense and both of those guys are great athletes,” said head coach Kent Johnson excitingly. “They are doing well. We have a lot of confidence.”
These two guys are a little bit different then what we are used to seeing in the Blue Wave back field. They aren’t exactly the same, but both bring more speed and a running ability to the position compared to what we’ve seen in the past.
“Again, both of those guys are athletes. They are not the traditional type of quarterbacks. Dillon is more of a wing, like a slot man. Jacari is more of a running back, but they are both capable passers,” Coach J said.
Both young QB’s have amazing sets of talent, but it definitely got interesting when asked to say what they thought the other guy did better. After many hilarious “Uh”’s and “Um”’s, Byrd finally said “I think Dillon throws a better deep ball than I do. I’ll be honest, he’s got a rocket, he really be throwing that thing.”
After more awkward pauses, Dillon also spoke up saying “Cari throws the short ball better than me, he has more accuracy than I do.”
And of course, they just couldn’t help themselves. They also had to tell me what they did better. Jacari said, without any hesitation “I’m a more accurate passer, I’m more mobile, I can run the ball. If I see the pocket is being taken down, you know, I can get out of there and make a play.”
Dillon came right back. “I feel like I’m mobile, I can throw the deep ball better than him, more accurately,” the freshman voiced.
Dillon and Jacari aren’t the type to put each other down just to try and get ahead. Yes, they are competing for one spot, but they both try to help each other as much as they can.
“We feed off each other because whenever one of us make a great play, we are always bringing each other up and that really helps a lot building our chemistry,” Jacari said.
The freshman is fighting to find his way to the top.
“Even if we make a bad throw we always tell each other to keep our heads up, it’s the next play. The energy is the same between everybody,” Dillon added.
To be a great quarterback, you have to love to compete. It seems like Dillon and Jacari are all for it. Neither of them are backing down from the challenge they both oppose on each other.
“It’s a great experience. It’s making me focus more mentally and develop as a player and I’ve learned that there’s never a position given,” Dillon said.
Pressure is big in such a close quarterback battle as this one. You have to always be playing your best. You have one bad day, and you're suddenly behind in the race.
“I know I got to come out every day with my A-game because I know if I don’t, that’s my spot being taken. I just got to come out and do me,” Jacari said. Dillon commented after him saying “Yes, I feel a lot of pressure. Yesterday, Cari went with the first group and he was making some nice throws. I felt like I had to make the same throws because the coaches were thinking that he was maybe a little better than me. It challenges me to be a better player.”
You can have a all the talent in the world, but a huge part about being a successful QB is leadership. If you look at all the greats from Tom Brady, to Drew Brees, to Tim Tebow, they are all great leaders. You have to know how to control your guys and rally them in big moments.
When asked about these young guys transitioning into strong vocal leaders, QB’s Coach Kevin Doeling said he’s leaning in two different directions.
“It will be an easier transition I think for Dillon,” he said. “He is definitely the more vocal of the two, he hasn’t always used it to his advantage. He has fallen behind the eight ball once or twice before, but he has the ability. He is very natural at that position of being a leader. Jacari on the other hand, I think it will be a transition for him, for sure. He’s a little more quiet, a little more laid back and docile, but he does understand the game a little better so, I think in a way it will also be a little bit of an easier transition for Cari.”
Coach J is giving it time before he decides who his leader will be.
“Well, that’s apart of what has yet to be seen,” he said. “That could be the deciding factor as to who we decide to have back there because obviously, you got to be able to control the team, you got to be able to deal with the coaches, and you got to be able to deal with the players and the pressure of playing in the game. Not just the physical ability to play the game, but you have to be a manager. You got to have some leadership ability and I think both of them being basketball guys, you learn to be vocal and to communicate a lot so, I think that will play into it also.”
While it is one of the hardest things to do, both Dillon and Jacari have confidence in themselves to lead this team to victory.
“You know, It’s tough, but it’s something. You become more of a leader at practice. So before, I wouldn’t be the guy to get the team right. But now, I make sure the team is doing right and everything is running smoothly,” Jacari said. “I’m ready to take them to get some W’s, have a winning season--something that hasn’t happened in a while. I feel like I’m ready to do that.”
“I’m used to being the person in the back that they have to tell to be quiet. But now, I’m the person telling them to be quiet so, it’s changing my personality a lot,” Dillon jokingly added.
The sophomore is sounding like he wants to send a message.
So, what happens when either Jacari or Dillon don’t get the nod at QB, next fall? Whether it’s at quarterback or not, you sure will see them both between those white lines, at some point.
“They are athletic so you know both of them play on defense,” coach Johnson said. “Jacari is a linebacker and Dillon would be a safety or corner--defensive back-type.”
“If I don’t get the position at quarterback, I’ll feel the same,” Dillon humbly said. “It’s a position we battled out and I’ll be playing a little bit of DB.”
Jacari also showed humility, but had another position in mind.
“If I don’t get the QB role, I’m okay with that because I know it’s in good hands with my boy Dillon. But you know, I see myself back there in that running back position. I can the run the ball, man. I can make plays.”
Okay, now hold onto your pants.
What if NEITHER of them got the job at QB next season? What seems like a closed two-man race was discovered to have a tiny crack in it. Taurus Coleman, don’t forget the name. He has a shot at stealing the show. More of a pure passer, Taurus played backup last year for the Blue Wave, but has been unfortunately plagued with injuries over the last season. He should be ready to go for the fall.
“Well you know, Taurus is kind of a diamond-in-the-rough type guy,” coach J said. “Taurus has been out with back injuries, with his back healing, and doing some therapy and stuff. Taurus has a great arm, He’s more of a pocket-style quarterback with a big arm. He’s got the ability to hit all spots on the field but he plays other positions too so, that could factor into it in the fall. We’ll see how that plays out.”
The Spring Game is today at Hawthorne High School. Dillon and Jacari will split the game and both play a quarter a-piece--the Spring Game is only one half per team. It will be the first time we will get to seem them both in real-live action. Should be the first of some amazing sights and the beginning of something great.
Go Blue Wave!
Can we actually start calling our quarterbacks “Poseidon”?
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